What is an EMS?
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a component of the corporate management system which covers the organisational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources involved in the implementation and updating of its environmental policy.
Genève Aéroport has been working for more than 30 years to restrict disturbances caused by air traffic. It conducts an active policy of limiting environmental impacts resulting from air traffic and airport activities. With this aim, Genève Aéroport has used an EMS to structure more effectively its actions since 1997.
The EMS is part of the Integrated Management System of Genève Aéroport as whole, with a view to providing services that adhere to the principles of sustainable development. It is based on a Quality Management System which allows the coordination of actions in the following areas: quality management, operational safety, occupational health and safety, environment.
The commitment of Genève Aéroport general management to environmental protection is described in its environmental policy.
Under the responsibility of managers, all employees play an active role in adhering to environmental procedures and implementing environmental programs in their day-to-day tasks, subject to imperative operational limits.
An ongoing dialogue is maintained with local authorities as well as residents and environmental associations within the Consultative Committee for Action to Control Air Traffic Disturbances (CCLNTA).
Since January 2011, the communication with communities is enhanced by the opening of a new information area inside the airport : '' l'espace environnement ''. Boards, computers and environmental publications inform visitors about the actions carried out by Geneva Airport within the framework of its environmental policy. Interested people can schedule an appointment by calling (+41) 022 717 74 61.
Every three years, an environmental report informs about the airport's environmental performance and each year the GVAEnvironnement newsletter focuses on an specific environmental theme. All of these publications can be found here.
Environmental activities are implemented within the EMS framework. They are based on the objectives fixed in the three-year environmental plan and planned in the annual action plans.
These actions are implemented by the relevant services at Genève Aéroport and third parties operating at the airport, in coordination with the Environmental and Legal Affairs division (13 people distributed among three departments: the Noise Abatement department, the Environment department, the Legal Affairs department).
Genève Aéroport uses environmental indicators to assess the environmental performance of airport activities and to identify improvement potentials.